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Apr 2, 2013 9:00pm PDT
crimes and civil rights issue and there's one thing that comes up in absolutely every conversation that i have had with people in the district, and that was bullying. and it really, it was, it's not surprising to the people in this room, i know. it was not surprising to me but it was troubling to me that in every community that i was meeting with, this was an issue prrp violence, harassment, physical, cyber, social, children on children, this kind of behavior is so disturbing and so troubling and so heartbreaking to so many people. even in this place, even in san francisco, california and northern california, which has got to be if not the most tolerant place in the country certainly amuck the most tolerance and diverse places in the community, this is what i was hearing out in the community and it's something we wanted to get involved in. and i'm so grateful that as a result of that all of you have agreed to come together to have a conversation about this issue with us included. i can't tell you how much we appreciate it. so thank you very much for being here. as i said, we're grailsd wi
Apr 6, 2013 8:00am EDT
the plan. so this year we're going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a number of civil rights flash points. 1963 was a pretty important year in the civil rights movement. and, or what i will call the black freedom struggle for the rest of the talk. and none will be more celebrated than the march on washington that happened on august 28, 1963. i think we can imagine that the focus will be, you know, this is probably what we're going to see a lot of, right? dr. king, the celebrity of dr. king and the "i have a dream" speech, right? maybe there will be some mention of the complexity of the march on washington, the labor unions and the labor activists who actually made it possible, who actually did all the organizing like bay yard rustin. maybe we'll hear about the full name of the march on washington which was the march on washington for jobs and freedom, and maybe we'll even hear about the kennedy administration's horror about this march. they didn't want this to happen. they were concerned that it would just lead to violence to the point where president kennedy shut down the federal
Apr 4, 2013 1:00am PDT
. and it is about state leadership, not just looking at the civil rights laws for protection, but -- and it certainly is our job to vigorously enforce them -- but it is your job as superintendent to (inaudible) even where the federal civil rights laws don't protect you. so it's a case of taking what you are doing, what folks are doing across the country and putting those on places like stopbullying dwofl .org so we can scale those up around the country. >> recognizable face. >> (inaudible) and i'm also head of the san francisco commission on women and the lieutenant governor asked about data. actually we do have data on bullying in san francisco high schools, particularly bullying among lgbt girls. so for the first time this year we've incorporated data that kevin coggin and ilsa (inaudible) provided and their suicide rates are off the charts, lesbian girls in our district. it's actually from the cdy youth risk survey. i want to offer that as a resource to folks in this room and encourage you in this pursuit of data. >> thank you. >> my question centers around the point of view of a pare
Apr 2, 2013 9:30pm PDT
, assistant secretary for civil rights, ruslyn lee. she was also nominated by president obama to serve in her role as assistant secretary of education for civil rights and she was confirmed by the senate in may of 2009. as assistant secretary, ruslyn is assistant secretary arnie's duncan's primary advisor. before she joined the department of education she was vice president of the education trust in washington, dc and was the founding executive of education trust west in oakland. in these positions she advocated for public school students in california, focusing on achievement and opportunity gaps, improving can urriculum and instructional quality and ensuring quality education for everybody. she served as an advisor on education issues on a number of private ipbs institutions, she is a teacher, a lawyer, and a very influential voice on all policy matters. she was also passionate about ending this issue of bullying and bringing everyone together to stop this disturbing trend so please welcome assistant secretary for civil rights, ruslyn lee. as i said, our moderator is not always our lieu
Apr 4, 2013 8:00am PDT
look at the civil rights movement and how it changed. >>> the gay and lesbian alliance is glad to be honoring former president bill clinton. >>> president obama gives up 5% of his salary because of the sequester. should the rest of congress do that, too? tweet me your thoughts. i'm going to ask this congressman. we'll be back with his thoughts. no, just kidding. york? a new property tax cap... and the lowest middle class income tax rate in 60 years... and a billion dollars in tax breaks and incentives. new opportunities for business. over 250,000 new private sector jobs were created over the last two years. and 17 straight months of job growth. with the most private sector jobs ever. lower taxes, new incentives, new jobs, now that's news. to grow or start your business in the new new york visit yeah? then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. silence. are you in good hands? silence. we believe it can be the most valuable real estate on earth. ♪ that's why we designed our new
Apr 4, 2013 3:00pm PDT
reporter and the preemptive on civil rights cases. before we get to them and martin luther king jr.'s legacy let's get caught up on the political headlines today. in connecticut just 111 days after the slaughter of children at the sandy hook elementary school, the gun debate is over. with the stroke of the pen connecticut governor signed into law one of the most strictest gun laws on the books. it is the country's own system to track offenders and the ban now includes high capacity magazines. it's a start for parents who lost children in the shoot shooting. >> i can't tell you how much it means to us that our voices have been heard. we said from the outset that we want newtown to be known not for tragedy but for transformation. this law marks that turning point. >> michael: it's so effective when you hear the parents speak. governor malloy made it clear there is still so much to be done in other states and at the federal level. >> in some sense i hope this is an example to the rest of the nation. certainly to our leaders in washington who seem so deeply divided about an issue such as
Mar 31, 2013 6:30pm PDT
he participated in civil rights and anti-war protests and many of his subsequent writings reflects his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity in the african-american freedom struggle. his first book, end struggle snick and the black awakening of the 1960s remains a definitive history of student nonviolent coordinating committee, one of the most dynamic and innovative civil rights organizations of our time. he served as senior advisor for a 14-part award winning public television series on civil rights entitled "eyes on the prize." i know we all remember that. (applause) >> his recent, his recent publication, the book, martin's dream: my journey and the legacy of martin luther king, jr., a memoir about his transition from being a teenage participant in the march on washington to becoming a historian and an educator and, of course, if you sign up for a membership you can get that book today. it's here. in 1985 he was invited by coretta scott king to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the definitive multi-volume edition, the papers of mart
Mar 31, 2013 5:00am PDT
generation, we, you know, we were inspired by the civil rights movement but we're so far away from it. oh, that's marches are over. we didn't know how to protest our anger and our disgust and i think occupy wall street is an opportunity for us oh, we can demonstrate and use protests to call attention to the problem. obviously, it's not going to solve it, but i think it's really beautiful to see all these people different ages and different colors, you know, standing together in the way that we did in the 1960s. i think that's really remarkable. >> it's funny though that occupy wall street has the same problem which i think is gradually becoming solved by that king had at the end of his life which is the question is exactly what do we protest, so it's one thing for ten people to have kind of an unfocused cynicism, but how do we come together to actually create a program and king himself after there was the civil rights act of '64 and the voting rights act of 5065, his idea was what do we protest now because in his wake there were more violent and spiking kinds of protests and he was oppose
Apr 6, 2013 5:00am PDT
extraordinary, three-volume history of the civil rights era, "america in the king years." the first of them, "parting the waters", received the pulitzer prize. he now has distilled all that work, adding fresh material and insights to create this new book, "the king years: historic moments in the civil right movement." james cone, a longtime professor of theology at new york's union theological seminary, wrote the ground-breaking books that defined black liberation theology, interpreting christianity through the eyes and experience of the oppressed. among them: "black theology and black power", "martin and malcolm and america", and this most recent bestseller, "the cross and the lynching tree." before we talk, let's listen to these words from martin luther king, jr., spoken at stanford university just a year before his assassination. it's as if he were saying them today. >> there are literally two americas. one america is beautiful for situation. and in a sense this america is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity. this america is the habitat of millions of peo
Apr 2, 2013 6:30am PDT
of the laws. the ada, calif. building code, the civil rights, and our experts here will elaborate. we also have a list of certified caps at work in san francisco for you. carla johnson with the mayor's office of disability has created a really good it died of out to interview your experts to make sure you are getting the best quality product for you. been next -- the money you pay for the inspection you can take as a tax deduction. any money that if you have taken can be applied as a tax deduction. this can be done on an annual basis. next, the opportunity, and a fund -- opportunity loan fund, providing for small businesses to pay for the inspection or to make improvements needed. to do it before you receive the lawsuit. and lastly, we of the bar association and their resources. they're providing their legal service for you. this last thing i am going to share with you in terms of what we have seen in our office is that with the individuals, that does not necessarily mean an individual will follow up with a lawsuit. what we've seen in our office is the individual's will send you a let
Mar 29, 2013 8:00am PDT
came one day after a coalition of civil rights and religious groups filed a lawsuit challenging emergency managers in detroit and five other michigan cities. the managers are granted broad powers, including overruling elected officials, in a bid to turn around struggling finances. the new lawsuit accuses michigan's controversial emergency manager law of imposing a new form of government in the state. the emergency manager law has disproportionately affected african-americans, with over half of african-americans a michigan now living under unelected leadership. speaking at the federal courthouse in detroit, the reverend al sharpton called the michigan issue a national struggle. >> this is a national struggle, but a local issue. what the governor has done is nullified the voters of this city to impose his own will, something dr. martin luther king spoke against 50 years ago this year. >> detroit's the emergency manager began his tenure this week. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzale
Apr 6, 2013 1:45pm EDT
in this moment in the mid '60s after the tremendous success of the civil rights movement and really the demonstrate i have power of nonvie -- violence. why this moment in the late '60s did the black panther party and revolutionary claims and a challenge to america as empire. why did this politics become so influential and important? why did so many young revolutionary in cities throughout the country take up arms and did candidate their lives to revolution? and the black panther party. and so i'm going touch on a few themes that we develop in the book to give you a taste. the first thing is that when one of the things that was surprising to me when we look at this in the mid 60s there was debates rigorous debates happening in cities throughout the country, l.a., san francisco, oakland, chicago, new york, a real ferment of people asking how do we take the gains and success and the power of the civil right movement and translate to the kind of power that can challenge poverty? civil rights movement had been tremendously successful and dismantling jim crow and dismantling segregation.
Apr 1, 2013 11:00pm PDT
bush versus gore. >> this is the defining civil rights struggle about our current generation. when i went to mississippi in the 1960s, that was the defining civil rights issue. in that generation. but this is the defining civil rights issue of our generation. and when we win this issue, we will have eliminated the last bastion of official discrimination by the government against its own citizens in this country. this is an issue that i think when people listen there's only one way they can come out. if you approach this with an open mind and an open heart and list, i n't ink peoplean comeut two different ways because there isn't any other argument on the other side. all the other side has is a bumper sticker. marriage is between a man and a woman. that's not the answer. that's the question. there's a third thing though. that is, i think we're going to win this case. i thought it then. i think it now. i think this is the right time. >> charlie: david boies for the hour next. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following. additional funding provided by these funders. and by bl
Apr 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
civil rights was dischargely a local issue, before it was over, the entire world was watching. and later, two teenagers, a youtube video, and struggle for civil rights every be it as important as the one 50 years ago. [ male announcer ] this is the age of knowing what you're made of. why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects include headache, flushing upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours. stop taking viagra and call your doctor right away if you experience a sudden decrease or loss in vision or hearing. this is the age of taking action. viagra. talk to your doctor. you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so ther
Apr 2, 2013 3:00pm PDT
right to civil marriage. our time on this earth is limited. i know that better than most. life comes down to who you love and who loves you back. government has no place in the middle. that is just so great. so eloquent, so poignant so touching. it gets better, as they say because it means for the very first time the majority of the united states senate supports gay marriage the majority. yet some republican senators seem pathologically resistant to change. in a stranger twist his cousin was dating matt salmon, the some of the republican representative with the same name. he's a mormon who sent his son to gay therapy. and he would not allow them to the house even though they had been date forgive ten years. here is his son matt describing what it's been like. >> i tried going to therapy to take this away, to make me straight. i can tell you firsthand it does not work. i was their hope for their poster child it doesn't work. >> michael: his father has clearly wrestled with the issue. he told a local station quote my son is by far one of the most important people in my life. i lo
Apr 2, 2013 10:00am PDT
same-sex. and he goes on to say, same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. our time on this earth is limited, i know that. >>> so what is the impact of that, mike allen? >> yeah, andrea. in that statement of course we have senator kirk, referring to his amazing recovery from a stroke last year. he was away from the capitol. the first week in january, we saw it on this program. we saw the amazing shot of him walking up those steps. and andrea, i think what we saw in the statement today was an indication of how republicans are going to be moving. now you're not going to see as chris cillizza suggested, a lot of republican senators coming out and saying i'm nor gay marriage. but andrea, i know you're hearing the same thing around town. that republicans at all levels say that this issue is moving much faster than they expected. even a few months ago, republicans told me they thought going into the 2016 cycle. we think it should be a state issue. try to punt that way, saying it is up to the states. senator marco rubio of florida is headed that way. but as republicans read
Mar 31, 2013 8:00am PDT
same-sex civil union or marriage shouldn't be denied the rights that married couples between men and women get when it comes to financial situations and things like that? >> people were thinking in the past few years the civil partnerships, not marriage, but legal civil partnerships that conferred the protection sought by the woman who brought the suit might be a preferable way to go. but that's a legal question. i'm not really qualified to speak of it. two things struck me about the past few days and the court. one this is an epic, big, cultural debate that's supposed to be happening. and yet it was a short, sometimes weirdly comic sort of shallow debate. did you find it that way? i mean, i was really struck that they were not talking with about big issues but sort of dumb stuff that you talk about in college dorms. forgive me. >> no, no. >> or is this the norm of the court? >> i would say this was not -- despite the efforts by lawyers on both sides -- not, in terms of the justices, a fundamental discussion about, shall we have sa same-sex marriage or shall we not? is it a good thin
Mar 31, 2013 11:00am PDT
integration when they were essentially a decade ahead of the country's politicians on civil rights? hollywood -- you know, "all in the family" did the first-ever show featuring a homosexual character. >> i don't know about whether or not hollywood has played a role or not, but, you know, here is the thing. we're talking about a civil right. i mean, to talk about, you know, polls and public opinion when it comes to civil rights, you know, where was the public? like you said in loving vs. virginia. where was the public, our founding fathers, when they said slavery was okay, or women weren't allowed to vote? these are civil rights issues and there is one group of people in this country that is not regarded equal under the law. and until we have everyone, all of our citizens, regarded equal under the law, we're not realizing the precepts of our country. so this debate, i agree with pete williams. i think the supreme court was scared to take this on, but the fact of the matter is, it has been taken on, and there will be gay marriage in this country without question, because we cannot look at our f
Mar 29, 2013 6:00pm PDT
talking about civil rights litigate or heroes which i think they are. >> what is next in the film and what do you see for film and how do people learn more about it. >> the film will be on hbo in july in the summer series which is great because they do a lot of marketing. we are selecting the open night. which is a thousand seat audience. it is the premier selection. it's at the film festival as it went to sundance and they voted it and it's a film we would like to bring home. we are doing as many film festivals as we can. we won the audience award and jury award in miami and doing as many speaking and community talk back events. the film i hope will become a gathering point for people to use and say this is what's happening in our jurisdiction. this shows the experience of just a few lawyers. there are many people struggling to do a great job across the country. >> what's your website? >> we'll be taking questions. now let's move to john rapping who is one of the individuals featured in the film. john, i remember when you first talked about starting a training center for public defen
Mar 28, 2013 6:30pm PDT
should have civil-rights and equality rights for people as well. if that is being a progressive, then i am proud of being a progressive. supervisor chiu: i fully appreciate the concerns raised by some tenant leaders. i would never supported the project if i did not feel comfortable that tenant rights have been protected here with parker said -- part merced. i say this as one of the few tenants on the board of supervisors, who has been a staunch advocate of tenants before i was elected and with my votes on this board. my parents immigrated to the united states in the 1960's, and i was the first kid born in the u.s. my parents sacrificed everything so that their kids could have the opportunities that they wanted when they came here. i grew up in the boston area, live in different parts of boston, went to a catholic high school in dorchester, which is a section of boston. because of my parents work and the opportunities they gave me, my brothers and i were all blessed to go to harvard university. it was intense. i stayed there for college, for law school, and i also have a master's in publ
Apr 2, 2013 12:00am PDT
one of the most rapid movements, advances, in any civil rights movement in history. >> charlie: how did it happen so fast? >> i think it happened in a variety of ways. i mean, for one thing, it happened with the youth. i mean this is a bottom-up revolution. >> charlie: it didn't make sense to them that same-sex marriage doesn't... >> they grew up, unlike when we were young, we didn't grow up knowing a lot of gays and lesbians who we knew were gays and lesbians. we knew a lot of people who were gays and lesbians but they had to keep it hidden because the discrimination was so awful in those days. not growing up knowing people makes it easy for you to be suspicious of them. makes it easy for you to discriminate against them. it's hard to do that when you know somebody. it's hard to do that when your friends and you know your neighbors, your doctors, your lawyers, your teachers, your cousins, your children, some of them are gay, some of them are lesbian. and our children and our grandchildren have grown up knowing people who were gay and lesbian openly. they know that they're just like
Apr 5, 2013 3:00pm PDT
is calling o'reilly arrogant? and on the week to reflect on civil rights history, i'm joined by two ji yepts giants in the m. they marched side by side with dr. king. stay with us. welcnew york state, where cutting taxes for families and businesses is our business. we've reduced taxes and lowered costs to save businesses more than two billion dollars to grow jobs, cut middle class income taxes to the lowest rate in sixty years, and we're creating tax free zones for business startups. the new new york is working creating tens of thousands of new businesses, and we're just getting started. to grow or start your business visit it's delicious. so now we've turned her toffee into a business. my goal was to take an idea and make it happen. i'm janet long and i formed my toffee company through legalzoom. i never really thought i would make money doing what i love. [ robert ] we created legalzoom to help people start their business and launch their dreams. go to today and make your business dream a reality. at we put the law on your side. >>> have yo
Apr 3, 2013 11:00pm EDT
be 35 years ago, but i think it's been an undercurrent in civil rights movement, and it is probably now just really going to come to for. really depressing myself thinking that we are still struggling with racial issues that this class issue has yet to be. i think as we stratified it may indeed be the bigger challenge >> where to begin? sorry about the march on washington in 1953 which was for jobs and freedom. and during the civil rights movement, there was a conscious decision made to talk about a public policy as rapid economic come but that was -- the civil rights movement had a range of people who had a range of approaches. the urban league was -- that was their thing, jobs. business community, economics. other people said let's go to the streets. others had their voter registration. but what we remember at that time now are the marches and the public policy. we don't remember that part of it was economic that got overshadowed by some of these other things. >> that's a great place to leave it. the full circle of history, to remember that race and class have always been intertwi
Mar 30, 2013 6:30am PDT
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Apr 3, 2013 8:00pm EDT
1963 changed the ongoing worldwide struggle for civil rights. [applause] >> this is the day. how did this book get started? you would ask me and many people do and i say, it was president obama in his first term, he said, i am here because you all marched. not in america yet 50 years ago we did, what did i think america was? it was all things to me. my husband's home country, my new jewish family, sam freed and milton and ruth, robert and benjamin, leonard's cousins and lots of americans. we came here from amsterdam to photograph the black people. i have no photo of myself, and of leonard of our seven-month stay in america but sweet pictures of our 4-year-old daughter eric is a susana, her grandparents and cousins. leonard was very frugal. he needed all film for his project, black and white america. nothing but races he said. i wish i had a picture of myself and leonard at the march in washington. i only have my eyes. and these eyes looked and looked and looked. i would say all these faces and when leonard asked me how i liked the day, i would say, all these faces, the day of the mar
Mar 31, 2013 6:00am EDT
the dominant political force in this country dating back to the civil rights movement. african-americans are now confronted with the growing influence of the hispanic population, the largest minority population group. i wanted to gauge african- americans sentiment about the political and economic changes that could result from hispanic americans being the largest minority. this demographic that could lead to hispanics potentially exercising greater political influence within the country on key issues of importance to african-americans, namely competition for jobs and minority business opportunities. and perhaps even hispanics becoming the dominant ethnic voice on cultural and social issues. four, i also wanted to find out how african-americans felt about their political leaders and organizations are represented their interests and assess the attitudes about key social and cultural issues of the moment. for example, immigration reform, marriage equality, the gun and assault weapons ban, and the 2016 presidential election. five, i did not know of any organizations that a recently
Apr 4, 2013 3:00pm PDT
state of alabama. we are celebrating 50 years of success and momentum with the civil rights act and alabama has come a long way from standing in the door as far as barriers to a whole lot of things and depressing people and disenfranchising people. it's a barrier to women of denying our rights and that's what civil rights was all about. it's about opening the doors. it was about diversity and accepting people who were different. it was about access and what this bill does and goes to the governor now that he will probably sign is further deny women rights, hard-earned rights that they have had to choose, in particular, about the regulation of their body and their health. we are not going to take this lying down. in the state of alabama, we have about 12.5% population for women elected to the house and the senate total. there are five women out of 35 in the senate. we have -- if pushed to really encourage more women to run because the decision is not going to change. >> yeah. >> the climate is not going to change until we get more women in the statehouse. >> irin, you know, she's rig
Mar 31, 2013 7:00pm PDT
take on. mario, on his first disobedience arrests and then he became involved in civil rights movement to protect housing discrimination after a local real estate office refused to work with him because he was black. then there were a very significant first. first african american elected to san francisco in the california state assembly. the first african american speaker of the california state assembly. and as we all know the first african mayor of san francisco [ applause ] >> first, the first, the first. and a speaker of the assembly he would also become the first and the only politicians to hold that position for 15 years. longer than any other individual so much so that a new paradigm was created with prop 140 which instituted term limits. had that not happened and all likelihood, willie brown might still be speaker had he so desired the. [ [ applause ] >> it's worth noting that willie became speaker of the state assembly after the coalition of republican and democrats. 28 republicans, 23 democrats. some say this goes back to a period of more consilt tree and less contentious pa
Mar 28, 2013 10:00pm PDT
woman. >> so marriage is not a civil right, as far as you're concerned. >> i don't think marriage is a civil right. >> my feelings about this are constantly evolving. i struggle with this. i have friends, i have people who work for me who are in powerful, strong, long-lasting gay or lesbian unions. at this point, what i've said is that my baseline is a strong civil union that provides them the protections and the legal rights that married couples have. i've been going through an evolution on this issue. and i've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> the same week president obama affirmed his support for marriage equality, north carolina, a battleground state, the president was fighting to win in november, became the 30th state in the nation to pass a ban on same-sex marriage. in late 2009, only 41% supported same-sex marriage before president obama's endorsement 49% supported it. by december 2012, after president obama won re-election with marriage equality on his party's plat
Mar 31, 2013 6:00pm PDT
commemorating the modern civil rights leader for her courageous and declaring -- for her courageousness and declaring february 4th rosa parks day in san francisco. (applause) >> i thought you might like that. i'm done. thank you. [laughter] >> thank you. supervisor. and now there are a couple other people, sheriff mirkarimi has joined us. [speaker not understood] is in the room with us as well. reverend amos brown is with us. welcome. (applause) >> now supervisor breed will bring us brief remarks. >> hi, everybody. (applause) >> so happy to see all your smiling faces in the audience. happy black history month. i bring you greetings on behalf of district 5 in our great city. thank you, mr. mayor, for opening up city hall to my colleague, supervisor cohen, and my distinguished colleagues sitting here in the front row on the board of supervisors. it's truly an honor to stand before you on such a great month. recent -- yesterday congresswoman barbara lee talked about dr. martin luther king and his dream and some of the issues that we were dealing with over 40 years ago are some of the same issu
Mar 30, 2013 11:45am EDT
divisions, civil-rights, antitrust, lands and natural resources and the environment. they make recommendations that go to the assistants and deputies. sometimes there's a control conflict. the department of justice includes the bureau of prisons and the criminal division and those people always want to defend wardens and guards in suits by prisoners and favors the prisoners. somebody has to resolve those fights. or an assistant to the solicitor general may think the criminal division of statutory theory of prosecution is week, the solicitor general has to resolve those issues personally. robert bork conducted many consequences to sulfites within the government and also to hear presentations by private counsel. one of the office at traditions that anyone, a litigant, to meet a curious i can be heard by the solicitor general personally before the united states filed a brief in the supreme court. bob prepared carefully and asked sharp question that these meetings. he tried to advance the positions of the executive branch, not his own views. i never saw him favor his own position a
Mar 31, 2013 10:30am EDT
joining us and thanks to all of the civil rights guests who honor us today with your presence. every now and then, we have got to step back and say to ourselves, "what a country." this is one of those moments. all men and women are created equal, but as we will hear during the ceremony, some grow to be larger than life and to be honored as such. welcome. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors by the united states armed forces color guard, the singing of our national anthem, and the retiring of our colors. ♪ oh, say, can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and right stars -- right stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rocket's red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing as the chaplain of the united states
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Apr 3, 2013 9:00pm PDT
conservative. i don't hear anybody on the left, any prominent civil rights activist, i don't hear a peep out of them and i'm a little tired of the abuse that friend of mine, and people that i interview, have to take because of their political beliefs. why doesn't-- where are the civil rights leaders? why aren't they speaking out? >> first of all, if i nonyou were going this route i would have brought my violin, number one. number two-- >> if you're called an uncle tom or a house negro, any of these offensive terms you'd be very angry. i've been called those things and worse for trying to hold president obama accountable for-- >> it's not right. >> of course it's not right. i like barack obama and yet, i believe that he doesn't walk on water. he ain't jesus, he ain't perfect and when he's right i'm with him, and when he ought to be challenged respectfully and lovingly i'll challenge him. i've been called those names by people in my own community. and i like ben carson. he is an authentic american hero for the work he's done to save the lives of precious children of all races and colo
Mar 29, 2013 4:00pm PDT
know this about pennsylvania. chris, pennsylvania has no statewide lgbt civil rights. >> yeah. well, work on it. >> working on it. >> works on it. i'm glad to have you on. that's why i wanted you on. let me go back to joy and this whole question of change. and you're young. you know why, because the battle lines in so many other issues, whether abortion rights, or a war, they seem to stay where they are. they're always sort of in the 40-yard lines, using football teams. it always seems to be on abortion rights, somewhere it's close, it's pro choice, but it's somewhere near this battle line. the battle lines shifted so dramatically in just 20 years. do you think it was -- you said, let's get to the facts here. people coming out, right? >> yeah, it's been breathtakingly quick. my kids who are young teenagers or teenagers, you know, they don't think that being gay is that, you know, remarkable. they don't think -- when i was a teenager, it's something that you didn't know anybody in your community who's gay because no one would admit it. the late harvey milk, if you remember the dramat
Mar 30, 2013 5:00am PDT
court and the impact of its decisions on civil rights and liberties. as one legal scholar noted, lewis had "an incredible talent in making the law not only intelligible but also in making it compelling." this was tony lewis' masterpiece, "gideon's trumpet" an account of the supreme court's gideon v. wainwright ruling in 1963 that established the constitutional right of criminal defendants to an attorney, even if they had no money to pay for one. the book has never been out of print, its' story the subject of this cbs reports documentary. >> his name is clarence earl gideon. he argued there could be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has. he argued there should not be one kind of justice for the rich, another for the poor. gideon blew one note on his trumpet. he blew it over and over -- a man cannot get a fair trial without a lawyer. and because he would not retreat one wit from that position, this man, clarence gideon, has wrought a profound change in the course of american jurisprudence. >> gideon was a drifter with a criminal record,
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